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Louisiana Declares State of Emergency

Jan 17, 2018
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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an Emergency Declaration due to the freezing precipitation and low temperatures throughout Louisiana. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP), Dept. of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and other state agencies have been activated in response to this emergency. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) to consider reducing utility rates in light of a recent reduction in the federal corporate income tax rate.

The governor on Wednesday sent a letter to PSC commissioners asking them to review the recently signed federal “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” to see where savings might be passed along to Louisiana ratepayers.

The governor wrote:

Governor Reveals Plan For Fiscal Cliff

Dec 21, 2017
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Governor Edwards revealed his plan to help cover a one-billion-dollar deficit. It includes taxing services such as cable TV, but also reducing the state sales tax from five to four percent. Edwards plans on calling a special session in February to consider his tax proposals. 

Other recommendations from the governor include businesses paying higher sales taxes on utilities and changes to individual income tax brackets. 

 

 

Management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could soon be changing hands.Southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System has tentatively agreed to take over day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe facilities from BRF.The move announced Tuesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is aimed at ending years of disputes over operations of the facilities.

State Hires Attorney Ahead Of Harassment Suit

Dec 4, 2017
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has retained outside counsel in anticipation of being sued over a former deputy chief of staff who allegedly sexually harassed another person who works for the governor.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports a Louisiana Division of Administration document distributed Friday confirms Vickie Crochet of the Baton Rouge law firm Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Philips, has been hired. The situation involves Johnny Anderson, who's accused of sexual harassment. Anderson left the governor's office last week after the allegations against him surfaced.

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A Louisiana state senator wants a review of state government hiring practices and policies for handling sexual misconduct allegations after a top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards resigned following harassment accusations. 

Republican Sen. Sharon Hewitt is asking the legislative auditor to compare Louisiana's policies for handling allegations to other states and recommend ways to strengthen procedures. She wants a tally of how much Louisiana agencies spent on sexual harassment settlements over five years. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials are heading to Washington to talk about the state's efforts to revamp the criminal justice system and lessen its top-of-the-nation incarceration rate.

The Democratic governor will speak at a Pew Charitable Trusts' event Tuesday. He'll be joined by Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc; Republican state Rep. Tanner Magee, a sponsor of the legislation; and Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.

Louisiana Colleges Offering Scholarships To FFA Students

Nov 27, 2017
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Louisiana's community college system is creating a scholarship program for students in the future farmers' association.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System will give a $500 one-time scholarship to each high school graduate who belongs to the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Student Association .

Each state champion in the organization will get a $1,000 scholarship.

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On Governor John Bel Edwards’ monthly call in radio show, Ask the Governor, he voiced his frustration with the 13-percent turnout for the November 14th election. Edwards says there were important elections like the state’s treasurer’s race, New Orleans mayoral runoff and a state representative seat in St. Tammany Parish.

Edwards says everyone has the freedom to vote or not vote, but it’s something you would think residents would do. He says it’s more convenient than ever to vote with seven days of early voting, but still it seems there’s lower turnout than ever.

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Governor John Bel Edwards announced that two-thousand new jobs will be created as DXC Technology will open a digital transformation center in January of 2018 in New Orleans. Edwards says this project has been in the works for over two years and is a great addition to the state.

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